25 Best Places to Find a Freelancer

If you have been struggling with questions such as how to find a freelancer or where to find a web developer, graphical artist or PPC specialist the chances are you will find your answers here.  Please see below the list of 25 best places to find freelancers and small companies providing a broad variety of services.  This list links you to the 25 most popular freelancing directories, market places and other sites frequented by freelancers.  These websites give you the access to great variety of talent such as Programmers (Web developers, Software developers, Mobile and Database specialists, etc.), Graphic Designers, Writers, Marketing and Advertising specialists, SEO/SEM/SMM, Legal gurus, virtual assistants, data entry specialists, and so on.

If none of these 25 sites provide you with what you are looking take a look at full lists of sites I put together sorted by Site Name, Alexa rating and Alexa US rating. BTW, Alexa rating is a great indicator of site popularity, the rating is calculated based on several components such as traffic to the website.

If you know of a site, directory or service with is worth including please comment on the page and I include it in the list, feel free also email me at krym2000-po @ yahoo . com as well. I will update the list in ~ 12 months from now.

Site Name PR Alexa
Global
Alexa
US
Brief Description
www.99designs.com 7 1,893 1,418 99designs is one of the top marketplaces for crowdsourced graphic design. As of June ’10 it connects 70,406 passionate designers from around the globe with small businesses who need design projects completed.
www.agentsolo.com 6 114,934 2,338 AgentSolo.com was developed and is currently operated by Netsym communication inc. It was established in 2002 to facilitate the negotiation of professional services between “Solo Agents” and “Buyers” (businesses or individuals who need their services).
www.allfreelancework.com 5 59,775 8,377 AllFreelanceWork.com is a central information base for freelancers to find everything that they could need all in one place – online freelance ezine, job site, and portfolio provider all in one.
www.contractedwork.com 5 228,269 124,045 Contracted Work is a website that brings together business owners looking to outsource jobs and freelancers looking to bid on work. They act as a liaison for both sides of contracted work and they also assure compliance on both sides by holding all payments in escrow, thereby assuring that each member of the contract receives exactly what was agreed upon.
www.coroflot.com 6 7,125 3,831 Coroflot claims to be the largest, most established, most diverse pool of professional creative portfolios in the world. Since going live in 1998, Coroflot has grown to host over 1.2 million images of creative
work, from the portfolios of over 120,000 creative professionals and students from nearly every country on earth.
www.craigslist.org 7 35 10 Craigslist is probably the world’s most popular classified ad site. Jobs and Gigs sections provide access to vast community of local talent with Gigs primarily focused on freelancers. Conveniently Gigs are free to post.
www.designquote.net 5 40,406 11,920 DesignQuote Connects Clients and Designers (web and graphic designers/programmers) worldwide.
www.elance.com 6 329 242 Elance is an online workplace where businesses find and hire people “on demand” to get work done quickly and cost effectively. Founded in 1999, Elance was established to help small businesses easily and efficiently hire freelance talent. Today, it’s claiming to be the leading workplace for hiring and working on demand.
www.getacoder.com 5 25,777 8,112 GetACoder claims to be a leading Global Services Marketplace doing business in more than 200 countries. GetACoder strives to make outsourcing to any part of the world an easy task. Using GetACoder
supposedly offers saving as much as 60% over traditional outsourcing, I doubt that it includes other companies in this list.
www.GetAFreelancer.com aka www.Freelancer.com 6 35,223 22,871 GetAFreelancer.com claims to be one of the largest sites of its kind. It indeed earned a decent reputation in freelancing community. You can find a large number of freelance programmers, web designers,
copywriters and translators at that site.
www.guru.com 7 2,535 1,576 Guru.com claims to be the world’s largest online marketplace for freelance talent. Through their service, employers find freelance and contract talent locally, nationally, or globally. Created in August of 2000, Guru.com’s web-based marketplace directly connects businesses with over 629,000 professionals who specialize in over 160 professional categories including: website design, programming, graphic design, business consulting, and administrative support.
www.freelancers.net 5 90,749 5,973 Freelancers.net is UK focused and lists many jobs and projects open to UK freelancers and clients from across the globe. It has been helping freelancers find work and clients find freelancers since 1999 and it maintains an open database of UK and global Internet freelancers.
www.freelancewriting.com 6 64,131 21,185 FreelanceWriting.com claims to be the #1 source for freelance writing jobs.They’ve been delivering daily and real-time freelance writing jobs for freelance writers since 1997.
www.freelanceswitch.com 6 5,847 4,322 FreelanceSwitch is a site for freelancers. It offers a great access to the resources through its Job Board.
www.freelance.com 6 34,315 35,465 Freelance.com provides the fastest and most efficient means of identifying qualified professionals for project based needs or long-term activities anywhere in the world, anytime.
www.Hiretheworld.com 5 339,429 158,794 Hiretheworld claims to be the world’s best process for logo, website and graphic design projects. Its global service marketplace allows businesses and individuals to hire, manage, and pay remote freelancers or teams located in 140+ countries.
www.ifreelance.com 5 21,313 13,208 iFreelance.com claims to be the easiest and most effective way for businesses to connect with talented freelance professionals from
around the world. True or not it offers a large variety of talent – from
artists and photographers to programmers and writers. iFreelance.com also claims that by outsourcing through them businesses typically get projects done in half the time at half the cost.
www.jobbi.com 4 248,654 77,249 Jobbi is an employment website site founded in 2007 by Lawrence Vaughan in Las Vegas, NV. It currently focuses on finding US and
international employees/jobs making it simple, efficient and free.
www.krop.com 6 36,617 11,196 Started in 2000 as a private mailing list of top designers, Krop became a Job Board and career resource website for creative professionals helping each other find great jobs.
www.odesk.com 6 451 370 oDesk enables buyers to hire, manage (that’s different from many other similar services), and pay technology service providers from
around the world. The service is fairly well organized, fast and reasonably priced – that’s if you are prepared to pay fees. Last time I looked at it the brokerage fees were 10% of the contract.
www.peopleperhour.com 4 4,284 301 PeoplePerHour connects you with a vibrant community of 38714 independent, reliable service providers (Freelancers) across 150
countries available to work for you at the click of a button. It’s like
having a virtual, on-demand, global workforce at your fingertips that you can scale up or down as you need, giving you the flexibility to expand your business cost-effectively.
www.proz.com 6 2,848 6,860 ProZ.com’s mission is to provide tools and opportunities that translators, translation companies, and others in the language industry
can use to: network, expand their businesses, improve their work and
experience added enjoyment in their professional endeavors.
www.scriptlance.com 5 3,053 705 Scriptlance.com looks like a fairly busy site with focus on programming. It’s motto is connecting businesses with programmers and it claims to have thousands of professionals and over 200 projects daily.
www.sologig.com 7 30,443 7,421 Sologig is the preeminent resource to find full-time and part-time contract and consulting opportunities. Employers are searching
Sologig for experienced professionals across various industries including IT, Healthcare, Engineering, Accounting, Sales & Marketing, etc.
www.translatorscafe.com 6 16,217 14,800 TranslatorsCafé is a free database of over 1300 translation agencies and freelance translators.
www.rentacoder.com 6 218,028 75,823 The site has about 20,000 registered buyers and great number of developers. When you get a project done through Rentacoder you put the entire project fees into an escrow account. You don’t release the fees until the project is complete.

84 thoughts on “25 Best Places to Find a Freelancer

  1. Jay

    Hi-

    I think I’d add TheSuperlancers to your list here. I’d like to see a list of places you use, this is my main one besides Project4Hire.

    Anyway, here’s that one you missed: http://www.thesuperlancers.com

    Tons of cheap coders and designers, markerters, writers, whatever, but more programmers than projects for now so it’s probably a good time to fish for new coders and designers. I do. ;)

    Hope that helps!
    Jay

  2. Simon

    The only site I have used successfully is Guru.com. I have been able to find quality people rather easily.

  3. Nick Krym Post author

    Thanks Abbas, i wish WP supported user rating / comments for entries. But the only way to get there is hosting your own version + mods.

  4. Mark Bubner

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for pointing me to this article, it’s good to know what is out there.

    I think http://www.expertMagnet.com differs from most of the others by having a reverse auction structure, where buyers can post a detailed request on what they need, and vendors can reply to that with a tailored response.

    Additionally, it focuses only on the Tertiary industry (the ‘knowledge economy’), and avoids the Secondary industry (manufacturing), where alibaba.com has a fairly strong foothold.

    Regards,
    Mark

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  7. Vance

    Hi, I only knew about elance and getafreelancer. List is great. I have also heard that there are country-specific sites that are like local versions of craigslist where people can post jobs and get help. Certain countries have a stronger outsource/free lance community than others.

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  10. Steven

    Hi Nick,
    Just come across this list via Guru->Twitter…Thanks for taking the time to compile it.
    Would it be possible to add our site http://www.theragtrader.com ?
    We have a similar model to Guru, etc, but only focus on the fashion industry. The site is run by people with a lot of experience working within fashion so we offer a more tailored experience (no pun intended!).

  11. Matt

    Hi Nick,

    Found your site looking for “easy outsourcing” and have been finding a lot of great content here. Might I suggest my company for your list: easyoutsource.com is new (just launched about 3 months ago) and focuses on the Philippines. We’re a good place to find bloggers, WordPress programmers, and general personal assistance.

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  14. Kristen

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for compiling this list, there are a hell of a lot of great sites in the list. I would like to submit our website for your consideration – http://www.99designs.com, We are the biggest crowdsourcing community online (By contests, Alexa and other metrics)

    Hope you keep up the good work, the easier it is for people to find these resources, the better the industry as a whole becomes.

    Thanks,
    Kristen

  15. shannon

    I have been working mturk.com and I am looking for more data entry if you know of any could you please list more thanks.

  16. Elizabeth

    I have found success on vworker but recently have run in to issues with them and the customer service, etc. I began browsing for new places and found http://www.ataskfreelancer. I think it’s worth mentioning on this list – I’ve already signed up and placed bids, they have free registration as they just recently launched so I think it’s worth a shot :)

  17. Stephanie

    You should add FreelanceYourEbook.com to the list. Free to the clients, specifically for ebooks and misc eProjects, and writers go through a screening process to ensure they are of high quality. Also, the writers don’t need to pay monthly members and have unlimited bids.

  18. Emily

    I think you may have forgotten Hiretheworld.com… Their customer service is excellent and I’ve never had any problems with posting/updating job postings… As you can see its highly recommended :P

    cheers,

  19. Katie

    It was an really useful resource. Some sites are best doing in freelancing jobs. I work on http://www.3to30.com/ which is pretty new micro jobs marketplace. I posted 5 micro services related to writing, proofreading, data entry. 3 out 5 is best moving.

  20. Andrew

    I’m working on a way to incorporate very personalized video that can be embedded onto freelancers’ personal websites, shared on Facebook / Twitter, e-mailed to friends and potential clients, etc – a way to promote a freelancer’s portfolio and personal brand.

    If this is something that anyone here might find useful, why don’t you check it out at: http://seemehearme.motionthink.com and let us know what you think?

    It would be great to have more off-the-shelf tools for us freelancers to use to get more consistent work, and we hope we can assist in that effort. :)

  21. Kane

    Website for finding freelancers find freelance jobs with no commissions pay only if you win the the job there are also categories of tradesmen and hundreds of other services

  22. Simone Klüngel

    Hi, there is another website which is totally free for recruiters and companies with personnel requirements called freelancermap (http://www.freelancermap.co.uk). freelancermap is an IT project platform that connects IT freelancers with companies that offer vacant jobs or projects. After registration users can publish unlimited vacancies to receive applications and use the freelancer database to find appropriate technology experts. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland freelancermap is one of the most successful networks in the market. The platform recently was launched for the UK too.

  23. rieavis

    You should also add in http://www.staff.com. It works like odesk.com but is mostly for full time work. You can outsource your work from the talented pool of resources from the Philippines, with quality results at cheaper labour costs!

  24. Matthew Bauer

    I’d like to suggest a brand new site that’s a little bit different than normal freelance sites. This one focuses on creating a community of local freelancers where prospective clients can then find a freelancer in their own local community. I think there’s a valid need for something like this. It’s called http://freelancerlocal.com.

  25. Christy

    I am a client and found the task of project posting in top freelancing sites is a daunting job. The job posting forms are complicated and too much of information to share. Recently I visited and registered in http://www.hireprogrammers.in, where posting a project is simple and uncomplicated. I do not worry about safeguarding my confidential information relating to my project.

  26. Scripts Bay Freelancers

    http://scriptsbay.com Join Free Everyday Outsource your projects to freelance programmers and designers at cheap prices. Freelancers will compete for your business. Get programming done for your site in php, mysql, xml, perl/cgi, javascript, asp, plus web design, search engine optimization, marketing, writing, job listings and so much more

  27. Skills Local

    Greetings to the Moderators and Readers,
    We have just launched a Freelance platform with a promotional offer for first 1000 Freelancers that entitles to No Commission for 6 months.
    We also do not restrict any payment methods so freelancers are can use any external payment provider to accept payments from Clients.
    There are no communication restriction either unlike other freelance websites.
    We strive to provide an open to all Freelance platform with over 400 job categories.
    Hope you visit our website and find worthy of recommendation.

    Regards
    M Marks

  28. Etoile

    This is a good informative list. Thanks for the info. I know of http://www.adtriboo.com/en which is worth mentioning as they have 120,000 professionals specialized in video, creative designs, communications for businesses. The site operates in english and spanish so it can also be used for targeting the hispanic speaking community. We got many proposals and finally chose an awesome creative design which was within our limited budget.

  29. soma

    i think you guys are missing the Vscriptlance.com the world most fast outcoming outsourcing site.
    here both worker and employer are having great outsourcing marketpalce you can get more exprience quality work form thousand of professional..

  30. Nathan

    Great list of freelancing sites resources where you could find freelancers to hire. Another great site where you hire freelancers is Staff.com https://www.staff.com/

    It allows you to conduct an interview or have a 10 hours trial before you hire them, which helps you reduce the risk of hiring a freelancer who is not competent enough to do the job.

  31. Chris Evans

    Just came across a wonderful freelancing website http://www.99hours.com as it belongs specifically for web development works and found it pretty interesting as such, got very authentic clients which is something really hard to find and above all they have got schemes for freelancers which is equal to as if I was working for any MNC on job roll.
    Some of which are listed below: –
    • Incentives/Loyalty Bonus
    • Gifts
    • Medical Benefits
    • Movie Tickets
    • Food and other coupons
    Apart from this they offer their best support and much more involvement which no other freelancing site offers. And that’s what makes them amazingly different and far more innovative.

  32. Suzanne Jones

    http://zumzzy.com/ Its a business directory of freelancers. Its different from other freelancing sites. There is no project posting and bidding kinda things there. The freelancers can make their profile, list their services, portfolio, price package, contact details etc. And the client just have to search the skill they are looking for and they will get the list of freelancers with that specific skills. They can contact the freelancers directly using the contact details mentioned in the Contact info page of the freelancer’s profile. And the best part is its free for both freelancers and clients.

  33. Charly

    Maybe you should check freelancermap, i’m working really successful on this platform.

  34. Crystal Yorker

    There are a ton of different freelance websites out there and its definitely hard to know which ones are worth yoru time. Ive had a little luck with oDesk and Elance but recently the best paying jobs have been on http://www.workersoncall.com. Also their fees seem to be a bit less, I’ll follow up soon.

  35. Alice Albert

    I think SEOCLERKS.COM is the best microjobsite. Yeah!

    I have been using fiverr too but near everything I have ordered from fiverr has been crappy quality, when I try to get my money back fiverr never helps me and does not let me get refunded. I have had a couple of problematic orders on seoclerks and my money was refunded swiftly. I genuinely recommend seoclerks for anybody who is buying or selling seo/hosting/social/forum services.

  36. Mafeh Chae

    A website for all Filipino freelancers is on it’s way to become the Philippines’ No.1
    outsourcing website. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of it!
    Sign Up and post your jobs for FREE!

    Turn your talents and skills into a source of income!

    http://finojobs.com/

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